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Port Clinton’s brain gain: Roseann Hickman

Port Clinton High School Class of 1982 graduate Roseann Hickman moved away one year after graduating only to come back to Port Clinton, the place that she claims as home. After graduation, Roseann wanted to relocate to a bigger community. In 2003, she decided to move back to Port Clinton.

“I moved back to be near my family,” said Roseann. “I missed the lake and I also missed the small town sense of community; it feels safe here. My roots were here, there’s nothing like coming home.”

Roseann is the owner of Perfect Color Hair and Tan on 90 N. Madison Street. “The former owner called and wanted to know if I wanted to purchase the business in 2009. I didn’t want to see an empty store front in Port Clinton. I saw an opportunity to enrich the downtown and I took it,” said Roseann.

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PCHS presents year end awards at Honors Assembly

Mr. Bill Hollister, PCHS Marketing Teacher, presents Eryn Nason with the Marketing Education Department Award at the Port Clinton High School Honors Assembly.

Port Clinton High School held the annual Honors Assembly on May 23.  The following awards were presented for the 2013-14 school year:

Honoring student achievement and hard work is the purpose of The President’s Education Awards Program.  To be eligible for The President’s Award for Educational Excellence, students must have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher in the fall semester of their senior year.  They must also receive recommendations from teachers in either school involvement or leadership abilities. President’s Award for Educational Achievement were presented to students who have met the grade point criteria, and have shown tremendous growth, but do not meet all criteria for the Presidential Award for Excellence. 

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Common Grounds one year anniversary

L to R: Manager Lynne James, Jason, the new Common Grounds mascot, Sam and Marci.

Common Grounds celebrated their one year anniversary on Tuesday, June 10, offering samples of food and drink and also giving all customers 10% off every order.

Lynne James, manager of Common Grounds, wanted to thank everyone for a great first year and she wishes for many more. “I appreciate people’s efforts in finding us here in the Sutton Center and supporting us.”

Common Grounds is located in the Sutton Center at 1848 E. Perry Street. For more information on Common Grounds visit commongroundspc.com or call 419-732-3777.

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Three Rocket relays finish with All-Ohio honors

Oak Harbor's Athena Eli poses with her 3 medals earned at the Division II State Track Meet.

One of the most memorable seasons in Oak Harbor sports history ended in fantastic fashion with three relay teams placing at the Division II State Track & Field Meet on Saturday at Jesse Owens Stadium at The Ohio State University.

The 4x400, 4x100 & 4x200 meter relays finished fourth, sixth and eighth, respectively. The 4x400 came in at 3 minutes, 58.67 seconds, clinching the fourth spot when Allie Jett rallied to pass Autumn Young of Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy just before the finish line. Athena Eli led things off before passing the baton to Cydney St. Clair, who had the team in first place when she handed it off to Karis DeWalt. 

The 4x100, which consisted of Jett, Rebekah Rayburn, St. Clair and Eli, finished in 49.81, just 0.11 short of the school record, and the 4x200 team of Jett, Rayburn, DeWalt and Eli came in at 1:44.46. (The school record for the 4x200 was broken at the regional meet in 1:44.28.)

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GPCAAC Arts & Crafts Festival Saturday, June 14

The Greater Port Clinton Area Arts Council (GPCAAC) Arts & Crafts Festival returns Saturday, June 14, for its 21st year in a new location, Port Clinton’s Lakeview Park, with the same mix of art, crafts and children’s activities that has delighted festival goers for two decades. The festival is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Enjoy a summer day browsing among artfully crafted offerings including jewellery, woodworking, photography, paintings, upcycled art, metal garden art, handcrafted soaps and pottery from more than 50 artists.

Children can create art from recycled materials and their own play adventures through special activities.

And when you’re ready to nosh, satisfy your cravings with savoury perch, hot dogs, burgers, smoothies and German roasted nuts from food vendors.

“Both artists and the public look forward to the GPCAAC Arts & Crafts Festival because it offers something for everyone,” said GPCAAC President Carol Morgan. “When you add the pleasant ambiance of Lakeview Park, it’s just about a perfect outing.”

Find out more about the GPCAAC’s upcoming activities and its ongoing mission to promote arts in the area at www.PortClintonArts.org.

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Fort Firelands Pioneer and Primitive Arts Festival

Fort Firelands RV Resort’s 8th annual Pioneer and Primitive Arts Festival on June 14-15 offers historical and interactive experiences for the entire family. Fort Firelands is located at 5650 E Harbor Rd in Marblehead, on Rt. 163 at Rt. 269. The event is being held 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

From the Paleo hunter to the American Revolution, through the Mountain Man period and the Civil War, authentic re-enactors and musicians will take you back in time. Learn to make an arrowhead, throw a tomahawk, or even better… have the rare opportunity of throwing an Atlatl (pronounced “at lattle”). Used by the Paleo hunter 12,000 years ago, the Atlatl is a device for throwing 6-7 foot darts that look like giant arrows. “Once you try it, you’ll be hooked,” says Jeff Barton, owner of Fort Firelands. “We are fortunate to be the only event in NW Ohio in which the Ohio Atlatl Association participates”

“This is our 8th year and the festival has really grown,” said Jeff Barton, owner of Fort Firelands.

The event is free and open to the public. While at Fort Firelands, visitors are encouraged to shop at Port N Starboard restaurant and the various shops and flea market.

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Country Gentlemen expands to offer CG Nail Bar

The inside of CG Nail Bar taken on the day of their grand opening, Thursday, June 5.

Debbie Tester, owner of Country Gentlemen Barber Shop and Beauty Salon, decided to expand her business at 228 E. Second Street, Port Clinton, to include a shop next door, CG Nail Bar. “I wanted to expand the business to accommodate my customers,” said Tester. “Why go to Sandusky to get your nails done, when you can stay right here in Port Clinton?”

CG Nail Bar does manicures, gel polish, polish change, gel removal, designs and men’s manicures. They also have a great pedicure selection. For pedicure services, CG Nail Bar has massage chairs where the client can sit and relax while they get their work done. There is also a garden located in the back of the salon where clients can relax while they wait or after their service.

For more information about CG Nail bar, contact manager Jennifer Majoy at 419-734-2111 or visit them at 226 E. Second Street located next to Country Gentlemen.

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Grant for $2.34 million awarded to downtown Port Clinton

Port Clinton Mayor Vince Leone and Ohio Senator Randy Gardner shake hands at the ODOT press conference.

During a press conference held by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) Wednesday, June 11, at 11 a.m., it was announced that Port Clinton had received a Small Cities Grant worth $2.34 million that will go to the upgrade and improvement of the downtown.

The grant enables the City to perform the following upgrades and improvements:

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Are the citizens misrepresented or have they spoken?

When questions from the audience were taken at Tuesday night’s Port Clinton City Council meeting, some interesting discussion occurred between resident and C.O.R.D. (Citizens Organized for Responsible Development) member Don Finke and Councilman Mike Snider. Finke addressed council asking if they thought citizens should have a right to vote on the sale or lease of City park land (referring to the C.O.R.D. petition that is circulating about the subject). 

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Port Clinton City Schools Announces Terrific Kids for April and May 2014

In cooperation with the Port Clinton Kiwanis Club, Port Clinton City Schools recognizes outstanding elementary students as Terrific Kids.  Terrific Kids are selected in each class once a month to recognize students for working to the best of their ability to improve academic performance, behavior, relationships with peers, displays honesty, or attendance.  The following have been honored as Terrific Kids in April and May 2014.

Bataan Primary

Ginger Blackert, Caleb Spencer, Jacqueline Libben, Logan  Cruz, Dylan Rehder, Aiden Finn, Jessica Weeks, Madelyn Shobe, Kayden Thebeau, Molly Gedeon, Aurora Fillmore, Jeremy Cook, Nora Rosario, Maddy Cornell, Aaliyah Wilson, Anthany Kaufman, Ryan Caris, Gabriel Quintero, Tabitha Duncan, Abbie Ferguson, Dashaun Gilmer, Jasmine Hicks, Branden Ramsey, Jandi Torres, Reagan Ruthsatz, Kaylie Simpson, David Zielske.

Bataan Intermediate

Mya Curry, Serenity Dague, Carlito Otero, Alliyah Wharton, Nicholas Elson, Alyssa Libben, Rebekah Clark, Rogue Moyer, Hunter Bechtel, Rebekah Nehls, Alexis Spears, Anthony Aukerman, Brooke McLaughlin, Dillon Ringeisen, Aubrianna Wylie, William Brooks, Jasmine Karshuk, Isabellah Craig, Andrew Miller, Da’Monte Valle, Treselle Young, Ben Bowens, Angelica Whiting, Carson Snyder, Carly Robinette, Lysette Auvil, Jordan Spencer, Annaliese Mincer, Katerina Fillmore, Austin Helton, Brooke Martinez, Lilly Howell, Paige Zibert, Noah Shaw, Megan Bolyard, Cameron Kessler, Carter Sartin.

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